What is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting is a two-fold process that harvests fat from your body through liposuction and then injects that fat into areas of the face, neck, or hands that have lost volume due to aging. These fat injections can sometimes take the place of dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.
Common areas where fat is harvested using liposuction are the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. The fat injections can be used to improve lines, wrinkles, and sunken areas of the face, neck, and hands.
Dr. Combs has recently added fat grafting to his repertoire to provide his patients with its benefits. During your consultation, he will spend time with you to answer your questions and make sure he fully understands what you want to achieve. He will examine you and take a full medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for liposuction and fat grafting.
What to Expect from Fat Grafting
Liposuction is used in the areas where the fat will be harvested. Small incisions are made, and a cannula (tube) is placed in the incisions. The tube is then attached to a suction device, and the appropriate amount of fat is extracted.
The fat is then carefully treated and purified using a centrifuge or filtration process. Finally, the fat is injected into the areas of the face, neck, or hands where additional volume is desired.
Liposuction and fat grafting can usually be performed using a local anesthetic and sedation. In some cases, general anesthesia may be preferred. These combined procedures can take a few hours to complete.
Fat Grafting Recovery and Aftercare
Most patients miss about a week of work, although some may require two weeks. Exercise and sports activities can be resumed after about six weeks.
Pain, swelling, and bruising, are inevitable for a week or two, especially in the areas that have experienced liposuction. Swelling will be the last of these symptoms to resolve. You will be given pain medication, as well as an antibiotic to prevent infection. You may also have drains in the incisions for the first few days to capture post-surgical fluids.
The injection sites may also have some pain, swelling, and bruising, although milder than on the body.
The final results of your procedure will show when all swelling has subsided. Some of the fat that has been injected will be absorbed by the body, but the final outcome is long-lasting.
Of course, if you have any questions as you heal, do not hesitate to call us. We will see you for follow-up examinations to monitor your healing.
Call us today for Fat Grafting. We regularly see patients from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.